John on November 12, 2007 at 1:36 pm
Word is now spreading that Finnish school shooter Pekka-Eric Auvinen may have been connected via the web to would-be school shooter Dillon Cossey. Cossey was stopped before he could make his shootout fantasy a reality, though he had already stockpiled weapons and begun making homemade grenades.
Both Pekka-Eric and Dillon were social outcasts with a fondness for hardcore metal and violent games and movies. They were also both members of a MySpace group that deserves a little more attention. Natural Selection’s Army is a group created July 4th of this year. Here’s the group’s description:
After 4/20 everything changed for us. We began to see the world as it is. A place dominated by th stupid and weak. Where the strong must limitate their natural instincts. But we don’t want to be followers anymore. It’s time to stand up and raise our fists. That’s why we created this army, to reveal the truth about society. New memebers will not beable to join unless they prove their loyalty to reb & voDKa. They must be proud of being called Mutants. Because the present is for revolution and the future is ours.
The date in the first line, “4/20″, is a reference to the Columbine massacre, which took place on 4/20/99. The names “reb & voDKa”, mentioned in the penultimate line, are nicknames for Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold (hence the capital DK in voDKa). All of the members of this group consider the Columbine killers heroes.
The group currently has 23 members, though several of them seem to be pages put up on behalf of various school shooters. Cho Seung-Hui has a page which, disgustingly, has some of the victims of Cho’s rampage listed as “friends.” Harris and Klebold also have mock pages which seem to make their rampage into black humor. Klebold’s page, for instance has a list of information including “Graduation: N/A.”
Pekka-Eric Auvinen was a member of the group. As I noted in this post, he made several statements on his YouTube about page which seem to tie him to the mindset of Natural Selection’s Army. For instance:
This is my war: one man war against humanity, governments and weak-minded masses of the world! No mercy for the scum of the earth! HUMANITY IS OVERRATED! It’s time to put NATURAL SELECTION & SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST back on tracks!
It’s very possible these kids are just troubled loners who would never shoot anyone. Then again, people would have said the same of Pekka-Eric Auvinen up until a month ago. At some point, it would be nice if MySpace made some effort to police groups that lionize mass murderers.
Just a thought.